Experts in Chiropractic Treatment for Herniated Disc Pain
Have you ever experienced acute or sudden onset back pain? This could be the first sign of a herniated disc. The causes of a herniated disc can range from overexertion like moving something heavy, work or sports-related injuries, bending down, or in some cases, a herniated disc (subluxation) can be caused by the simple act of sneezing.
If you find yourself living in daily pain and relying on addictive prescriptions, our team of experts at Wilbeck Chiropractic are here to treat new and preexisting degenerative disc issues with a holistic approach to your health and wellness.
What is a Herniated Disc?
Disc pain can be referred to by different terms, including a bulging disc, a pinched nerve, or a slipped disc. Regardless of the term, herniated or compressed disc refers to the onset of sudden pain that generally occurs in the lower back, however pain can occur anywhere along the spinal column. The beginning of pain may be accompanied by a popping sensation, sudden localized warmth, muscle spasms, and shooting or radiating pain.
The discs in your vertebrae act as shock absorbers. They are comprised of a jelly-like membrane encased in a tough rubbery exterior set between each section of the spinal column. The discs function to cushion the bony vertebrae from rubbing against each other. Over time the exterior membrane can develop a small rupture or tear, causing the inner disc to bulge out from its place between the spinal columns’ vertebrae. Without the disc acting as a buffer between the vertebrae and nerves, the bones would compress or pinch the nerve endings within, creating severe pain(i). The discomfort experienced from a herniated disc generally gets worse with activity and decreases with rest.
What Are the Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?
Although onset and symptoms from a herniated disc can vary significantly from patient to patient, several common symptoms frequently occur when someone has a herniated disc. People who have a herniated disc often experience the following:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Arm Pain
- Leg Pain
- Numbness or Tingling
- Trouble Sitting
- Difficulty Walking
- Unable to Lay Down Comfortably
Factors That Increase the Chance of Getting a Herniated Disc
Factors that can help trigger a herniated disc can vary. Acute incidents like a sudden injury or chronic factors like overexertion can cause a disc to rupture. Herniated discs occur more frequently in people age 30-50, but is not uncommon for someone younger to experience a herniated disc.
Men are also twice as likely to get a herniated disc than women(ii). Listed below are other common factors that can contribute to a herniated disc:
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Work-Related Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Muscular Degeneration
- Age-Related Deterioration
- Improper Ergonomics (i.e., Lifting with Your Back Instead of Legs)
- Chronic Bad Posture
- Backpack Overload
- Improper Self-Treatment
Chiropractic Care to Treat & Prevent Herniated Disc Pain
If you are suffering from Pain related to a herniated disc, you are not alone. Studies have revealed that up to 1-in-50 individuals are afflicted with a herniated disc annually (iii). The Doctors of Chiropractic at Wilbeck Chiropractic have treated patients with countless complaints, including those suffering from severe pain caused by a herniated disc. With two Clinic locations in the Wichita area, the team at Wilbeck Chiropractic can help you find relief and get you back to living your best, pain-free life.
At Wilbeck Chiropractic, we do not believe anyone should have to tolerate living with pain, particularly from preventable conditions like a herniated disc. We treat herniated disc pain at its source, the central nervous system. Through chiropractic care, our doctors have successfully relieved patients suffering from debilitating pain. In many cases, we’ve helped our patients’ avoid invasive, expensive surgery, and the need to use addictive prescription medication.
Our chiropractors take the time to interview our patients to better diagnose their condition. They follow up with a physical exam and obtain digital x-rays of their spine to establish where their misalignments may be occurring. Once the initial exam is complete, we design a care plan with our patients to effectively treat their pain.
Disc Decompression Therapy Treatment
At Wilbeck Chiropractic we use a technique called disc decompression therapy to treat the affected area of the spinal misalignment. Disc decompression therapy applies gentle pressure to the muscles and joints encompassing the location of their patient’s spinal misalignment and manually re-correct its position. This technique relieves the painful pressure on the herniated disc and helps it return to its natural position within the spinal column. Disc decompression therapy may offer immediate pain relief on the initial visit, but treating a herniated disc usually requires multiple treatments to properly realign the spine.
With herniated discs, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. A healthy, properly aligned spine is the best way to prevent debilitating pain and loss of time at work and daily activities. Invest in your health today, schedule an appointment with Wilbeck Chiropractic, and continue to live your best life!
 Havard Medical School. (2018, November). Herniated Disk. Retrieved from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/herniated-disk-a-to-z
 Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019). Herniated Disc. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/herniated-disk/symptoms-causes/syc-20354095
 Dydyk, A. M., Massa, R. N., & Mesfin., F. B. (2020, November 20). Disc Herniation. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441822/#:~:text=The%20incidence%20of%20a%20herniated,1%2D3%20percent%20of%20patients.
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